Stop for a moment and listen…

However, the dwarfs in Wrocław have been scarcely seen in the city up till nowadays. Average city dwellers, not to mention the tourists, haven’t had the slightest idea that Wrocław possesses its own major fairy-like community.

Fortunately, in these tolerant and open times dwarfs decided for a spectacular coming out. Each day and each week dwarfs become more and more familiar with people who notice a lot of encounters with these fascinating creatures. Dwarfs themselves seem to be less nervous and chicken-hearted during these meetings. Marvellous combatant deeds of dwarfs during the times of communism for sure helps to unite the human and dwarf folks. At that time dwarfs abandoned their former hiding- places for the first time since many years and started to show up on the city walls. Although it was very risky for them, they continued to do it as a sign of silent protest against the political system. Citizens of Wrocław didn’t forget about brave dwarf initiatives. Nowadays they are happy to welcome that kind of fairy-like coming out and eagerly prepare free space for these smaller dwellers of Wrocław city. Dwarfs are keen on those welcome messages and invitations. More and more dwarfs are appearing in the corners of Old Market Square and Old City Centre. Apparently they feel there at home. They are so busy with their daily habits that they seem to pay no attention to Big People who pass them by. Even us, people, refrain from showing astonishment and take dwarfs’ presence for granted. Dwarfs are the inevitable element of street life which became recently so imminent that we instantly miss it the moment it’s gone.That is the reason why the city authorities think about making a public announcement to city inhabitants and tourists in which they would ask for careful walking. It is important to watch your steps because there is a risk of falling over or trampling a dwarf. Avoiding such accidents is indispensable for further harmonious and conflict-free co-existence of two nations – human and dwarf one.

However, this mutual co-existence is not only based on formal decisions. The members of each community voluntarily do their best to discover and understand the other side: the most brave-hearted dwarfs penetrate the world of Big People in many ways, for example by climbing on the lanterns and cornices, so that they can discover reality from our, human, point of view. On the other side, people keep up with dwarfs at nights and especially at the weekends when they try to admire Wrocław from the worm’s-eye view. That kind of grass roots initiatives greatly ameliorate mutual human-dwarf relations, broaden up horizons, teach tolerance and stimulate artistically. Not to mention the fact that these two communities – the bigger human and the smaller dwarf one – are attracted to each other from one more reason. These two societies give each other something that they aren’t able to obtain by themselves. On the one hand, people gain from dwarfs a fairy-like, magical factor which helps them to brighten up their painfully down-to-earth, boring lives.  On the other hand, dwarfs stick to people because they want to make their mythical existence a little bit more three-dimensional and real. Thanks to people dwarfs can show their viable image and come out from fairy-like stories and folk tales.

Now you should know why during some quiet, snowy, winter nights the city landscape seems to move like the hot air above the highway. This is the moment when the reality is melting down and the worlds are mixing with each other. Wrocław becomes something which it really is – a meeting place. The meeting place for people and dwarfs, reality and dream – two symbiotic powers who inspire each other and cannot exist without this inspiration. Stop for a while and listen carefully…